3/19 Baker has setback – UPDATED

Cubs pitcher Scott Baker’s throwing program has been suspended indefinitely. Baker felt some discomfort in his right elbow after his first Cactus League start on Sunday, and underwent an MRI on Monday. The results of the test were not released, and Baker was to be examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo this weekend. There’s no timetable for Baker’s return and the extent of the injury is not known. Baker had Tommy John surgery last April, and the Cubs had hoped he would be ready by mid April this year.

“Right now, I’m chosing to be optimistic and hope for the best,” Baker said Tuesday. “Obviously, any setback of any sort is not something you like to hear but I think we’ll know more when Dr. Gryzlo gets down here and he can do a physical exam. MRIs are great and everything but you treat the patient, you don’t treat the MRI.”

On Sunday, Baker threw 23 pitches.

“It’s more disappointing for him, for a guy who’s worked that hard and did everything and really did nothing to warrant something like this, being shutdown,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully, it’s not that big a deal and he can continue. It’s just a wait and see thing now.”

This is the first setback Baker has had in his rehab.

“From talking to guys, it’s fairly uncommon not to have any setbacks,” Baker said. “Thus far I haven’t had any up until now. Is there ever a good time for a setback? Absolutely not. It is pretty common, but at the same time, it’s not fun.”

– Carrie Muskat

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Is there no mercy????? Who will be next on the “NO PLAY” list? Our Cubs seem to be falling apart at the seams. Jackson, Stewart, Garza, Baker, and on and on. Let’s hope we have enough healthy ones for opening day! At least this year we have a good base of minor league players to be called up when needed. By the way, I really like what I see in Ty Wright.

I think the starting pitching is still better coming out of the gate than last year. Shark, Wood, Jackson. After that Rusin might sneak in there leaving the 5th spot to be fought out between Villanueva and Feldman.
Villanueva or Feldman has to be better than the 5th starter last year.
So give Baker a couple months, give Kerry Prior Garza the season off and lets see how it plays out.

kerry prior and garza??? huh?? kerry is retired… prior is a reds…. Why would you give Garza the year off? …. I like Shark and Jackson but T.Wood has a lot to prove before I consider him an asset. At this point he is a AAAA arm in my opinion

haha it never stops does it? Where you holding his hand throughout the surgery too?

Oh I hope you are right Mamma Mia. Maybe he tried to pitch too soon. Does Dr. Billy Bundrick perform these surgeries? When you talk to Scott B. tell him we hope he gets better soon!

don’t hold your breath… he doesn’t talk to scott baker… he doesn’t do alot of the things he says he does

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